He sees the same woman following him.

An excerpt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, By Roald Dahl, 1964 When George Orwell’s epic novel 1984 was published in 1949 it opened the public’s imagination to a future world where privacy and freedom had no meaning....

Which then forced their citizens to deceive their government by going in to hiding.

Art books challenge our notion of what constitutes a book, and Kermaire’s piece is no different. It consists of a black garment bag, meant to represent a body bag, and includes 8 laminated sheets of instructions on how to survive as a refugee traveling by boat. The bag itself includes fabric flowers stitched along the top.


There is not a single thing that is not under the Party’s rule.

Two weeks ago I thought seriously of smashing your head in with a cobblestone.

However, it is the skill of the author that determines whether these ideas are combined with the plot seamlessly, making a creative transition of ideas from the author’s mind, to the reader’s.


People guilty of crimes are erased from having ever existed.

Next there are forms to fill out, fold, and actually place on the owner’s home bookshelf as a placeholder to let the owner know the book isn’t missing but rather being lent out. The original pencil also comes with this set, and doesn’t appear to have ever been used.

During that time Soviets gained six nations as satellites.

The Book Detektive is part of our Christopher Morley collection, donated by Dr. Elizabeth Melvin Chamberlin. It’s currently uncataloged, but we are working to find new and interesting treasures like this one.

A famous quote from 1984 is "Big Brother is watching you" (Orwell 5).

Although there may be no Ingsoc, telescreens, Newspeak, or even helicopters darting in and out of windows, the government still has their own wicked methods of controlling and monitoring American society....

Constantly being watched, and observed without knowing.

The first booklet is a means of keeping detailed track of who borrowed what and when (not exactly ethical behavior under ALA standards!) along with a humorous and fictional criminal trial between a book’s distraught owner and the borrower who didn’t return it on time.

His uniform was shabby and living space cold and dirty.

The McFarlin Special Collections and University Archive recently acquired a 1916 edition of The White Road to Verdun by Kathleen Burke (D640.B88 1916 Undrz). Very little biographical information is known about Burke besides what she reveals in her recollections as a World War I nurse on the Western Front. Her work reveals not just details of nursing life on the front, but also insights into Allied soldiers’ experiences and feelings that they shared with their nurses. Written in an engaging manner, Burke’s account is an excellent addition to the department’s collection of World War I literature and material.